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Want to clean your home without hurting the planet? Here's where to start

Personal hygiene and a clean home prevent the spread of germs, which is essential to our health, yet the majority of household cleaning products contain chemical ingredients with adverse health effects that also harm the environment. Some brands even contain cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. How's that for a doozy of a catch-22? Although it sounds like a pretty bleak situation, there are many organic household cleaning products and brands that help you scrub away the dirt without leaving an even bigger metaphorical mess behind.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: How to restore raised beds without using dry fertilizers

Are your raised beds in jeopardy? Is the potting soil worn out after last summer's intensive vegetable gardening? Did you plan to rejuvenate that microbial world before you replant? Maybe the fertility was gobbled up by last year's crops. Maybe you need some rocket fuel to kick-start the nutrient levels so your plants explode into growth.

Travel

San Francisco celebrates 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love. There will be many stories written and told about it. This almost certainly will be the only such story that won't mention singer Scott McKenzie and the John Phillips lyric, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."

Travel

St. Marks Place – three famous, hip blocks of New York City

Early on a mild September morning, an elderly man on a black bicycle meanders along the paths of Tompkins Square Park, in New York's East Village. A cassette tape player balanced on the bicycle's crossbar plays tinny Asian music that grows louder as he approaches and then fainter as he pedals away. The only other sound is birdsong.

Travel

72 hours in Atlanta

I never had a yearning to visit Atlanta. It just wasn't a city on my radar. I'd flown through it a few times on my way to other cities, but hadn't ever considered it as a travel destination. But when my mother, sister and I were trying to decide where to meet up for our annual girls' weekend, we decided, why not try out Atlanta? Flights to the city are cheap from Los Angeles and New York, our respective towns, and in February the weather was perfect for a visit.

Home & Garden

How to be a better flower photographer

When photographing flowers, go for the close-up. Lean in to allow the flower to fill the frame, watching that your camera (or, more likely, smartphone) doesn't cast a shadow over your subject. If possible, stand above the flower and shoot down into its petals, focusing on the bloom's center.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Designer beds: 6 looks to wow you

I love being a part of a small, locally owned store, with all the freedom and opportunities that provides for us to let our creativity run wild. At the big chain home interiors stores, the look is dictated by the corporate office, but our designers are always experimenting, keeping our store fresh and new. To fuel their fires, I issued a Designers Challenge, asking each designer to create her dream bed for spring. Not surprisingly, their work blew me away and illustrated how to bring your personality and interests to life through bedding. Take a look ...

Living

Deep in the gong

Gong yoga has been around for centuries, but it’s seeing an upswing around the South Sound. And on May 6-7 you can even explore how it feels to play gong yourself at a two-day workshop with touring artists Mike and Gallina Tamburo (Crown of Eternity) at Tacoma’s Jefferson Park Fieldhouse.

Videos

Gig Harbor home marries historic with modern

Joel and Theresa McFarland talk about their home along Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor. The house had to conform to city regulations on historic preservation while maintaining a light, modern look.
Joshua Bessex joshua.bessex@gateline.com
Gig Harbor home marries historic with modern 2:01

Gig Harbor home marries historic with modern

How to make a house for mason bees 2:33

How to make a house for mason bees

Kugel takes the spotlight at Blintzapalooza 2017 3:15

Kugel takes the spotlight at Blintzapalooza 2017

Mandy Morrison shows how she makes macramé 1:21

Mandy Morrison shows how she makes macramé